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Western Isles (Population)

Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the acreages and population in 1820, or at the earliest reliable census date, and the population today, of Canna, Rum, Eigg, Muck, Scarba, Soay and St. Kilda.

The following table gives the 1821 census figures for the four islands then recorded separately; the first available census figures for the other three islands; and the provisional 1961 census figures, together with approximate acreages, for all seven islands.

Population
IslandCensus, 1821Provisional 1961Approximate acreages
Canna436242,600
Rum3944026,500
Eigg469747,200
Muck321291,400
Scarba1354,200
(1861)
Soay113112,500
(1841)
St. Kilda110*1,575
(1851)
* St. Kilda's present population consists entirely of Army personnel and staff of the Nature Conservancy.